Warner Grand Theatre
Built in 1931, the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro is an architectural treasure. In 1996 the theater was almost turned into a swap meet but was saved by a group of concerned citizens who have joined together to form The Grand Vision Foundation, a non-profit organization. Their mission is to restore the building to its original splendor while bringing an appreciation of the arts to the local community. They hold several events during the year with these goals in mind. The Warner Grand Theater is now registered as a City of Los Angeles Cultural Historical Landmark and is owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
The architect who built the Warner Grand, B. Marcus Priteca, also designed the famous Pantages Theater. It was called “The Castle of Your Dreams” by owner Jack Warner and this majestic and impressive structure lives up to the title. The entrance to the theater, with the patterned tiles, wood doors, and decorative lighting, only gives a small glimpse as to what awaits inside. A grandiose example from the Art Deco era, this historical building features majestic bold colors; lavish hand carved wood and geometric shapes. Whenever I have attended events or seen a performance there I find myself leaning back in my chair exploring the intricate carvings that adorn the ceiling and walls.
Not only is the building beautiful, but many mediums of arts can be viewed here, including live concerts, movies, performances of all types and educational events. Students from local schools have performed on stage in musicals or dance numbers. Local bands have also taken the stage there. The intimate nature of the theater provides opportunities for guests to meet with actors, movie producers, bands, and local celebrities. Jane Goodall and Betty White made an appearance in January of 2013.
The Grand Vision Foundation also gives back to the community by working with the local Boys and Girls Club and Harbor Interfaith Services to give students opportunities to engage in various art forms at the theater. They open their doors often for classroom field trips to see staged productions. They also host a Meet the Music Program for low income students. The program focuses on presenting to students samples of various types of music from around the world.
The friendly and accommodating nature of the staff makes this the perfect venue to rent for any event. It is a gorgeous, unique venue for a wedding. In addition to the stage and floor seating the balcony seating and foyer can be used for receptions.
Plan Your Trip
Located in the heart of historic downtown San Pedro. Parking is free on 5th street between Mesa and Center. Metered parking is also available. Check their website for a list of upcoming performances and to purchase tickets online. Concessions are available and on occasion alcoholic beverages may be sold.
Have you been to the Warner Grand lately? What was your favorite thing about your visit to the theater?
Warner Grand Theatre
434 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731